mete

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Inflections of 'mete' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
metes
v 3rd person singular
meting
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
meted
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
meted
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mete1 /mit/USA pronunciation   v. [+ out + object], met•ed, met•ing. 
  1. to distribute by measure;
    allot:to mete out praise.
  2. to give out or order (punishment) officially:The judge meted out a prison term.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mete1  (mēt),USA pronunciation v.t.,  met•ed, met•ing. 
  1. to distribute or apportion by measure;
    allot;
    dole (usually fol. by out):to mete out punishment.
  2. [Archaic.]to measure.
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English metan; cognate with Dutch meten, Old Norse meta, Gothic mitan, German messen to measure, Greek mé̄desthai to ponder
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deal, measure, parcel.

mete2  (mēt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a limiting mark.
  2. a limit or boundary.
  • Latin mēta goal, turning post
  • Middle French
  • Middle English 1275–1325
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bound.

Met.E., 
  • metallurgical engineer.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    mete /miːt/ vb (transitive)
    1. (usually followed by out) formal to distribute or allot (something, often unpleasant)
    vb , n
    1. poetic dialect (to) measure
    Etymology: Old English metan; compare Old Saxon metan, Old Norse meta, German messen to measure
    mete /miːt/ n
    1. rare a mark, limit, or boundary (esp in the phrase metes and bounds)
    Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French, from Latin mēta goal, turning post (in race)
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